Porsche is on a mission to build a big, badass all-electric car, but the project is no longer called the Mission E. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume announced that the car would be called the ‘Taycan’. The name, apparently means ‘lively young horse’. It’s a reference to the prancing pony in the center of Porsche’s shield.
The design remains true to the original Mission E concept, save for modifications to satisfy typical production requirements. The four-door saloon format is described as a ‘four plus one’ with space for luggage front and rear, while the driving position is almost identical to the 911.
In the cabin, directly ahead of the driver, is a freestanding curved digital instrument display as seen in the original concept. To the right is a small toggle-style gear selector for Drive, Neutral and Reverse. A large infotainment screen, resembling the 10.1-inch unit used by Audi, sits flush within the vertical gloss finished panel that stretches across the fascia.
Initially, the yearly Taycan production output will be between 20.000 and 25.000 units. Porsche claims his new electric will cover 0-62mph in under 3.5 seconds and 0-124mph in under 12s before hitting a top speed of 155mph.
Porsche has hinted at the price of its upcoming all-electric sedan, though it has not provided much information outright. The Taycan would be priced between the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera sedan. That means it’d start out between 74.800 euros and 90.600 euros including taxes, or roughly between $86.000 to $104.000.
When its Taycan sports car goes on sale in early 2020, it will be able to charge 80% of its battery in 15 minutes. Porsche is working on 800V infrastructure to charge the Taycan and its all-electric successors. That’s enough juice to take the Taycan 250 miles on just 15 minutes of charging.
By comparison, Tesla models require closer to half an hour at a supercharger network to achieve roughly the same charge. Jaguar’s new all-electric SUV, the I-Pace, needs about 45 minutes to charge 80% of its battery. However, experts note that the 350 kilowatt-hour charging Porsche plans to offer at its network of stations would be difficult to maintain across different battery levels.
Porsche, which is investing $7.4 billion to electrify half of its lineup by 2025, is among a spate of luxury automakers scrambling to distance themselves from diesel and build high-performance, battery-powered sports cars within the next few years.